Angel on the Right | Chicago Reader

Angel on the Right

In Djamshed Usmonov's sometimes moving, well-performed low-budget 2002 film a man who'd fled to Moscow, apparently to escape debts, goes home to Tajikistan to care for his dying mother, only to discover he's been tricked into returning. Everyone here is something of a thug, except the mother's nurse, whom our hero seduces and abandons, and the young son he didn't know he had, whom he tries to abandon. The son becomes the film's moral center, lying about his father's whereabouts when necessary yet retaining his sense of right and wrong—the one note of hope in this cynical symphony (2002). In Tajik with subtitles. 88 min.

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